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on Jun 3, 2016

Fascinating reading, Jill! I can add Belden Wire (now Belden, Inc.) which was founded by Joseph Belden in 1902 in Chicago. It's corporate headquarters is now in St.Louis and it's a multi-billion dollar company.

on Jun 3, 2016

Thanks. I'll add that to the list.

on Jun 6, 2016

You can also add Hubbell, Inc. Harvey Hubbell invented the pull chain light switch in the late 1800s, now Hubbell is a large conglomerate in lighting, wiring, power distribution and industrial equipment. HQ is in Shelton, CT.



on Jun 10, 2016

The years shown in the Steinway section are 100 years off 1800's not 1900's

on Jun 10, 2016

Oops. Thanks, JD. I've made the fix.

on Jun 14, 2016

Henry Krause invented and started manufacturing the one plow in 1916. Krause Manufacturing is located in Hutchinson, KS is celebrating its 100 years. Krause is the producer of tillage equipment sold Krause was purchased in 2011 by the Kuhn Group out of France. Today Kuhn is the largest implement manufacturer in the world.

on Jun 14, 2016

Thanks Blair H and Eddie, I'll add those names to my list for the next update.

on Jun 23, 2016

US Foundry in Florida has just celebrated 100 year anniversary in January.

on Jun 23, 2016

Allison Transmission celebrated its centennial throughout 2015.

The company traces its corporate lineage to the founding of the Indianapolis Speedway Team Co. on Sept. 14, 1915. Founder James A. Allison was also a co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and part owner of several racing teams. He established a precision machine shop in Speedway, Ind. called the Allison Experimental Co. to support his racing endeavors.

Today, Allison is still headquartered in Speedway and has evolved to become the world's largest manufacturer of fully automatic commercial-duty transmissions, and a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems.

on Jun 23, 2016

What a great story. I have been a fan of Allison Transmissions for a long time. I had guessed about the origin but was no where close. Thanks for posting.

on Jun 23, 2016

Great series. Please keep updating. Deere (1837) and Navistar (1831) are still going. So are McConway and Torley (1869) and C. G. Bretting (1890)

on Jun 23, 2016

This is really a great series. We need more stories like this to help focus us in a very positive direction. There are a lot of good things going on and sometimes it can be hard to find them with all the noise about the nonsense.

on Dec 1, 2016

Dow Chemical IW(500/20) was founded in 1897 and one of the largest chemical firms in the world. It seems hard to overlook considering both their size and longevity.

on Dec 8, 2016

Erhart Foundry in Cincinnati, OH was started in 1854 and is still in operation in the building we moved to in the 1880s.

on Dec 16, 2016


It sounds like you may be with Erhart Foundry. Are you aware if any historical photos exist, as well as some historical background? I didn't see anything on the website, but I am happy to add Erhart if I can get some materials.

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